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The Moonraker smartwatch: Just a Nokia concept or Microsoft’s next product?

Heard about The Moonraker smartwatch concept by Nokia? According to the recent report, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) has killed the dreaming up smartwatch idea of Nokia code-named as “Moonraker”. Like Samsung, Apple and LG, even Nokia had a plan of releasing its own smartwatch, which is dashed by Microsoft now.microsoft-nokia-moonraker

The images of the smartwatch have been discovered on Friday by Evan Blass, a technology journalist. The images were posted on the Tumblr blog which is maintained by a Microsoft designer Pei-Chi Hsieh. No sort of specs were provided in the image, which shows a smartwatch with different colored bands.

If Nokia had released the smartwatch, the so-called Moonraker would have joined in the smartwatch battles with various devices from LG, Apple, Motorola and Samsung. The images of the Moonraker gather more questions than that of answers. The discovered images are unknown – whether Microsoft is planning to develop something with the watch or it is the product from Nokia, which Microsoft killed off.

According to Blass, the device is referred as Microsoft Moonraker, and the device was about to unveil by the company at Mobile World Congress in the year 2014. In the meantime, Microsoft stepped into the Nokia and scuttle the idea if the Nokia’s Moonraker, according to the report by The Verge.

After Microsoft acquired the company, Moonraker was killed off and more focus on Microsoft’s band was given by the Microsoft. Microsoft band powered with more sensors as well as tracking feature, but very little interface while comparing to other smartwatches. From the images, it is very hard to suggest that the device could make calls or not, whether the users can send a text message through the Moonraker or not.

In the meanwhile, Microsoft might not want to step into another device, since it has plans to launch its Microsoft Band. The device comes with $199 and comes with fitness trackers with display, works with Windows Phone as well as other platforms. Both Nokia and Microsoft have declined to comment regarding the discovery of Moonraker.


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John is the head of our IT Security team and he writes about Security, IT news on The Next Digit. He was the Employee of the Year 2013 for his selfless support and efficiently setting up the whole security infrastructure. He also occasionally writes on "IT Sec Pro" Print Media of Sweden. All posts by John

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